Common Reading

Within the pages of the Common Reading book you will find ideas, inspiration and community with your fellow honors students.

The Honors College Common Reading Program is designed to bring together incoming students around a common experience: reading an engaging book that will help you think about important ideas that will come up repeatedly during your first year – and probably throughout your whole life.

If you choose to participate in the Common Reading Program, you will receive a copy of the book during summer Honors Orientation. By reading the book over the summer, you will be prepared to start the academic year ready to engage in discussions at the start of the semester.


Previous Common Reading selections have included:

2019 – What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

2018 – On Trails by Robert Moor

2017 – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2016 – Citizen by Claudia Rankine

2015 – In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

2014 – The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

2013 – Planetwalker by Francis Walker

2012 – Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

2011 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2010 – Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

2009 – White Gloves by John Kotre

2008 – Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

2007 – Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi